Chase Walton's Recovery Fund
Chase was admitted to Children’s Hospital on January 28th and will be there for 4-5 days. He will begin his Chemotherapy on January 29th . The treatment plan is to hospitalize Chase for 3-4 days each month for the next 6 months to administer 3 types of Chemotherapy. The Chemotherapy is designed to kill the cancer cells found in his brain. They will continue to monitor his condition and check his progress using MRI’s. Adjustments will be made to his treatment plan depending on how he responds to the Chemotherapy.
Despite a successful operation that removed a large mass from the left side of his head a recent MRI completed on January 20, 2016 showed additional cancer cells on both sides of his brain. The cells were not removable during the operation without moving parts of his brain. The Neuro-Oncologists (Dr. Jimmy Harvey & Dr. Louis Nabors) recommended a three pronged approach to treatment. Chemotherapy, focused radiation and a stem-cell transplant. Chase completed the Stem-cell harvesting on January 26, 2016. Red, White and platelet Cells will be taken from his body and kept frozen until they are needed. At that time the cells will be transplanted back into his body via a port into his blood stream. This is done after the final round of chemotherapy because it is often the most severe on the body’s immune systems. During his final chemotherapy treatment Chase will be admitted to the hospital for 7-21 days for the transplant procedure to be closely monitored and keep him isolated in the clinic which is very sterile. Chase’s spirits are good. When asked if he was worried about the treatment on January 20, Chase responded “No, D-Daddy (Chase’s Grandfather) told him not to worry about it.”
Chase will continue having physical therapy 2-3 days a week to help him build his strength and balance. This is a necessary step in the process of recovering from brain tumor surgery. We have seen a small amount of hearing loss in his left ear and some blurred vision still. We are hopeful the blurred vision is only temporary. Chase will continue to have his hearing monitored.
Chase was having severe headaches the week of December 7th. Normal pain medicine was prescribed but the headaches got worse. On December 16th, Chase went in for a MRI and a large mass (tangerine sized) was found on the right side of his brain. Surgery was performed on December 18th and the mass was removed. Pathology testing on the tumor showed that is was a very fast growing malignant cancer known as Medulla-blastoma. This is the same type of Tumor Chase had removed when he was 6 years old. In 2002-4, Chase completed 8 weeks of Chemotherapy and 6.5 weeks of radiation to his head and spine. He then had 2 weeks off before starting a 48 week regimen of a combination of 3 types of Chemotherapy. Chase finished treatments about 2 weeks after his 8th birthday.
Please donate to help Chase with his recovery process. Every dollar donated is greatly appreciated!! The funds received will go towards his surgery costs, stem cell treatments, MRI/CAT scans, prescription drug co-pays, chemotherapy treatments and ongoing physical therapy. Chase does have health insurance, and it is very difficult to determine the total out of pocket costs for the surgery and treatments. Best estimate of the total out of pocket costs is somewhere between $6,600-12,000. Any money raised in excess of the final treatment costs will be donated to two charities that Chase has benefited from (Blue Skies Ministries and Camp SAM Smile-A-Mile).
So sorry for your loss.... we will be making a donation to children's healthcare oncolology dept in Birmingham or smile a mile, two charities near and dear to Chase. Heaven gained a beautiful angel!
To all the Walton Family, I am truly sorry Chase has lost his battle with cancer. I wish for your family, love and comfort, in this extremely sad time. There are no words to express my sympathies. The summer that Chase worked here with us at Helix was a wonderful time for us all. Chase worked so hard while he was here and never once complained about any task given to him (even when his coworkers would). He was determined to do a great job and do it with integrity. He earned his place with the guys in the shop, and everyone that worked with him, loved him. It was always fun to watch Chase as the antics of the guys in the shop were happening, as they are much older than Chase, and quite a cast of characters to put it mildly. Chase would be going about his business, and you could see him snickering quietly at all their shenanigans. After a while he came out of his shell and “threw elbows” with the crew, and that was SO AWESOME. He always shined above those around him though, he was just simply cut from a better cloth, and that was obvious to all. Chad, I remember before Chase’s cancer returned, sitting in my office once, you and I were having a discussion about our children and how there was always an element of wonder over how resilient they are, and always a fear that something will happen to them that is beyond your ability to protect them from; and in Chase’s case, that his cancer could someday return. When I heard the news that he was having to battle this again, my heart just ached for all of you. I am in such admiration at how many wonderful things that you and your family were able to do with Chase in the last several years. They were hugely monumental to Chase and whenever I had the opportunity to visit with him, he was always full of excitement over what was going on in his life and the plans that you all were making, be it the truck you guys worked on, or trips you making, or his personal plans for the future. Y'all did so good! It is what all parents dream of; to be close to our kids, for them to know they are loved, and to have to opportunity to do even more than all that, and truly become a friend to them as well. I know it too brief, but it truly was amazing. If there is anything that I can do for you all, please let me know…….. Brandy Jo Grady
Chase, I'm glad the chemo is working. Hang in there for the meds. Hugs to you!